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Even if you’ve only experienced hemorrhoids once, you are completely aware of how unpleasant and painful the ordeal can be. Chances are, you’ve looked up some natural at-home remedies or tried an over-the-counter cream to get rid of your hemorrhoids. For some, this may provide mild, temporary relief, but for others, especially those who experience […]
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Are you putting off getting a colonoscopy? If so, you’re not alone. Many people put off having a colonoscopy year after year because they’re worried it will be an unpleasant, even painful, experience. Although colonoscopies are not remotely painful, with every step from preparation to post-procedure care being designed for your comfort, people still firmly […]
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Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve had gastroenteritis, commonly known as the “stomach bug.” The stomach bug is typically a virus that spreads easily through the population. You’ll recognize the symptoms of the stomach bug as an upset stomach (diarrhea, vomiting), headache, abdominal cramping and fever. The stomach bug is unpleasant, with […]
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What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body overreacts to substances or tissues in the GI tract that it does not recognize as its own. This results in uncontrolled inflammation of the digestive tract, anywhere from the mouth to the anorectal area. What are symptoms of Crohn’s disease? […]
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It’s true: Colonoscopies have a well-worn reputation of being unpleasant, but necessary. While the necessity of a colonoscopy is certainly real, the notion that having a colonoscopy is something that a person should dread or put off is completely untrue. In order to clear up some commonly held misconceptions about the colonoscopy procedure, we’ve assembled […]
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There is an unfortunate misconception that celiac disease, which is a physical intolerance of gluten, is not a real condition, but more of a dietary “fad”. Though it’s true that awareness of celiacs has increased dramatically in recent years and the amount of products in groceries stores that claim to be “gluten free” has also […]